MEET RECAP: 2020 NYRR Millrose Games

Once again, collegians stepped up at the NYRR Millrose Games.

The 113th installment of “The World’s Longest-Running and Most Prestigious Indoor Track & Field Competition” featured notable performances in each event contested by collegians.

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Here are the four races in which elite collegians competed in on Saturday.

NYRR Wanamaker Women’s Mile

In a race that saw an American record by the second fastest collegian in history, a current collegian left her mark in the record book in a big way.

Dani Jones of Colorado finished a strong seventh in the NYRR Wanamaker Women’s Mile in 4:27.88, which moved her up to No. 6 on the all-time collegiate indoor list. That was also the fastest mark ever turned in by a collegian in the Wanamaker Women’s Mile, bettering the previous standard of 4:28.31, set by Vicki Huber of Villanova back in 1988.

Jones has an impressive resume that shows a lot of range, including NCAA titles in cross country (2018) as well as the indoor 3000 (2017) and outdoor 5000 (2019). She also finished runner-up in the 2018 NCAA indoor mile to Elinor Purrier of New Hampshire, who won the event this afternoon in an American record of 4:16.85.

The only other collegian in the race was Penn State’s Danae Rivers. The reigning indoor 800-meter champ (and collegiate record holder at 1000 meters) finished 11th in 4:32.95.

Dr. Sander Men’s 3000 Meters

Joe Klecker of Colorado continued his strong indoor season.

One week after clocking the fastest mile ever run on Colorado soil, Klecker finished runner-up in the Dr. Sander Men’s 3000 Meters. Klecker crossed the finish line in 7:47.57, which made him the No. 19 performer in collegiate history and moved him up to No. 2 on the current collegiate list behind Yared Nuguse of Notre Dame, who went 7:46.71 on an oversized track earlier.

Edwin Kurgat of Iowa State, who beat Klecker for the individual title during the cross country season, was nearly two seconds back in 7:49.19. That puts Kurgat fourth on the Descending Order List behind Nuguse, Klecker and Kiernan Tuntivate of Harvard.

NYRR Wanamaker Men’s Mile

A pedestrian pace in the NYRR Wanamaker Men’s Mile kept the collegiate trio of Geordie Beamish of Northern Arizona, Oliver Hoare of Wisconsin and Carlos Villarreal of Arizona from shaking up the all-time collegiate chart in the event.

After the first 400 meters in 59.10 and then 800 meters in 1:58.93, it left Beamish, Hoare and Villarreal – who were about one second back – with a lot of ground to make up if they wanted to crack the all-time top-10, which was currently guarded by German Fernandez at 3:55.02 (If you’re talking about performances) and Nate Brannen at 3:55.11 (If you’re talking about performers).

Hoare, who went 3:54.83 here last year to become the sixth fastest performer in collegiate history, finished runner-up in 3:56.47 behind winner Chris O’Hare.

Villareal and Beamish weren’t too far behind Hoare as they finished in 3:56.77 and 3:56.90, respectively, for PR efforts. Beamish is the defending NCAA mile champion.

Mike Frankfurt Women’s 3000 Meters

The Mike Frankfurt Women’s 3000 Meters included the top-2 finishers from the 2019 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in New Mexico’s Weini Kelati and Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson.

The pace was nowhere close to last year, when Monson won in 8:45.97 to become the third fastest performer in collegiate history, but both easily zoomed to the top of the Descending Order List. Monson followed up a mile PR last week with an 8:53.69 effort to finish in sixth as the top collegian, just ahead of Kelati’s 8:54.66.

Also of note was Taylor Werner, redshrting at Arkansas this indoor season. She was fourth in last fall’s NCAA cross country race and today also finished fourth, this time ahead of both Monson and Kelati in a PR 8:51.91.

Winning the race was Allie Ostrander in a PR 8:48.94. Last spring at Boise State she won a record third consecutive NCAA steeplechase title before ending her eligibility with a year remaining.